Riding the Tiger

By Debra A. Lopez, CRA, FAHRA

April 2010–A look back at the 2010 Spring Conference in San Diego, CA; looking ahead to recently announced MIPPA accreditation requirements for advanced diagnostic imaging services; and meditations for the Year of the Tiger.

Imaging Centers Billing for Out of State Interpretations Can Expect Claim Denials

By Adrienne Dresevic, Esq. and Carey F. Kalmowitz, Esq.

April 2010–Effective March 15, 2010, pursuant to CMS’ update to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual addressing “Payment to Physician or Other Supplier for Diagnostic Tests Subject to the Anti-Markup Payment Limitation,” among other actions, CMS has effectively eliminated an IDTF’s or radiology group’s ability to bill its local carrier (MAC) for interpretations performed by out of state physicians (the CMS Change Request).

Rad Toons

By AHRA Staff

April 2010–AHRA knows that laughter is often the best medicine. That’s why we’re publishing industry related cartoons in Link and letting you write the captions!

Greetings From the 2010 RACC Chair

By John Marshall, CRA, RCC, RT(R)

April 2010–As the 2010 Chairman of the RACC, I have inherited both a dedicated team of commissioners and some ambitious objectives. I would like to take this opportunity to share our 2010 agenda and some of the projects we are currently working on.